Reinventing Your Life

The two things you need to know about reaching your goals. Where you are going and that you are going to get there. By Madeline Johnson

Some days you may feel like a ship lost at sea without a rudder. Directionless and powerless. Like a fish out of water, floundering.

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And some days it is perfectly fine to be lost, to wander, to float . . . . until you stumble upon that thing. . . . you have a breakthrough, and an idea,  and you discover that dream you really want to do.

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Then you just know.

You know where you are going and that you are going to get there.

 

Read that again: You know the WHERE you want to be and without a doubt that you WILL GET THERE. Just like when you drive to the store at night to get ice cream. You know the flavor you want and you know how delicious it will taste. You even have a plan for your second favorite . . .just in case.

You don’t need to worry about the how. There is no need to know how you are going to get there. That is nonsense. That doesn’t matter as much, because you know there are many roads you can take to where you are going. Some more bumpy and uncomfortable than others. There may even be mountains you need to climb along the way. Some days there will be detours, other days short cuts.

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The secret to success . . .

You know where you are going and that you are going to get there.

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Featured Artist

David Zinn is a street artist specializing in small-scale, improvised and (mostly) light-hearted chalk art.

Why We Don’t Get What We Want

Mental clarity can come in all shapes and forms and it will definitely happen to you when you work to know yourself better. By Madeline Johnson

Oh for the saving grace of chaos and confusion in our lives.  While I believe it can drive us mad, we should embrace feeling overwhelmed and confused. Yes we want this, but we need that. We are pulled in so many directions. Yes it can be daunting and emotionally draining, but if we strive to understand the cause for our confusion we can better understand what motivates us in the first place. Yes, I mean connecting our two minds, our hearts and our thoughts. I believe that even our most anxious emotions can drive us to clarity, if we take a moment to reflect.

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Please understand, the type of mental clarity I am describing here is the overall sensation that you are on the right path, you are not questioning every little thing you do and in some way, shape or form, you are getting what you both need and want.

You are focused on what is important to you throughout your day and you don’t have that existential angst pulling you in a downward spiral of depressing confusion.

You know why you are doing what you are doing and even though you may not have a detailed map on how to get to your desired goal, you have the emotional drive and you persevere.

Mental clarity can come in all shapes and forms and it will definitely happen to you when you work to know yourself better. Mental clarity kicks in when you are aware of what you like, what you don’t like, what you will tolerate from yourself and others and what you won’t. This understanding of what it takes for us to operate at full capacity, helps us find the tools we need for the tasks at hand and eliminate what doesn’t serve us well.

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It helps to spend some time with yourself to better understand what lights you up and what brings you down. What turns you on and what dims your soul.

Needs vs Wants

Necessity is the ultimate motivator for mental clarity.  It’s amazing how focused we can get about what we are required to do, as opposed to what we would like to do. Clarity becomes crystalized when we better understand if something is a need vs a want.

Read: Ray Dalio’s  Principles

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Knowing what we should do with our lives, getting really clear on the next step can also be driven by guilt and obligation.  Mental clarity can come from simply doing the right thing, because we must. Clarity comes from turning to our inner moral compass.

I’ll explain.

I decided I will take time out of my day to care of my aging parents because they brought me into this world and they provided for me for many years. I love them and I am obliged to give back to them and help them.  The intention is clear. No questions asked.

I need to work in order to pay the bills makes it very clear. I must get a job. Find some work. Make money. I don’t want to be a burden on my family. My purpose is put in place because it is essential. There is nothing murky about this.

I am posting one article a day to Undisputed Origin because I have committed myself to learning something new about myself every single day. No questions asked. This writing that I do, this creative activity in turn will help me become stronger, smarter and more of a benefit to the world.

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I want to _________ (fill in the blank ie. start a business, create a blog, travel around the world, learn to sing, etc).  Wants, wishes and desires may be more soul-fulfilling, but not a must.  They are not necessary, so sometimes you just don’t start.  These “goals” lay by the wayside.

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Question: Can you turn a want into a must?

I challenge you to think about why you do the things you must do. Like going to work, raising your children, volunteering to help others, etc. You do them because they matter to you in a big way. They are essential to your existence. If you don’t work, you don’t eat. If you don’t bother to connect with others you will be lonely. If you don’t take care of your health, you will eventually get sick.

Your wants (losing weight, finding a mate, starting a business, living a more adventurous life) must be essential to your life. They must be extremely important and vital to your existence.

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What wants are you looking to turn into musts in your life?

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Featured Art

Kamalky Laureano paints portraits and landscapes that look like photography.

Kamalky Laureano is a hyperrealist painter from the Dominican Republic, born in 1983. Living in Mexico City since 2006, he has made his life and work in that country. His work has been shown in Italy, Argentina, France, Mexico, the United States and the Dominican Republic.

 

 

To Be Real

Seeking wisdom and being true and real to oneself. Madeline Johnson

To be absolutely real with ourselves. Stop playing it so safe. How freeing. What a release. What a relief.  True to you. No more disjappointmenting yourself because you put your needs on the back burner.  You said yes, but you meant no. You didn’t want to hurt their feelings, so you over promised. You took that project for the money.

When we are not true to ourselves, we starve ourselves of care and respect. Integrity begins with honoring our hearts. It’s not selfish. It’s healthy and it helps us all.

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Stripped of all of our masks and desire to be needed.  To understand ourselves fully, to know more about our own existence.

Why I am seeking wisdom. 

  • Lie to myself, no more!
  • Life is tricky. People are strange. I contradict myself. Why?
  • Decisions are difficult. Which are the best ones?
  • Worry is constant. I shall remain calm.
  • This wisdom helps with clarity. Clarity is freedom.
  • I know I don’t have all the answers. We are here together for a reason. I learn from you.
  • Life moves too fast. My strong desire to slow down. Savor. Relish.

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Why I seek wisdom.

  • To be more emotionally and intellectually intelligent about myself and others.
  • Because I am realistically insecure and my experience will only take me so far. What can I learn from your experience?
  • I want to accomplish more of what is important. What is important to you might inspire me.

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Featured Artwork

Dorothea Tanning

Dorothea Tanning was born in 1910 in Galesburg, Illinois and attended Knox College in her hometown before studying painting in Chicago (haunting the Art Institute where she learned what painting was.)   In 1941, now in New York, she met the art dealer, Julien Levy, and his surrealist friends, refugees from Nazi occupied France. Late in 1942 Max Ernst visited her studio, saw a painting, (Birthday), and stayed to play chess. They would have 34 years together, at first in Sedona, Arizona (a mere outpost at the time).  Here she would continue to paint her enigmatic versions of life on the inside, looking out: The Guest RoomThe Truth About CometsEine Kleine NachtmusikInterior with Sudden JoyInsomniasPalaestraTamerlaneFar From. By 1956 Max and Dorothea had chosen to live and work thenceforth in France. Though Paris was headquarters, they preferred the country quiet lure in Touraine and Provence. These years included, for Dorothea Tanning, an intense five- year adventure in soft sculpture:  CousinsDon Juan’s BreakfastFetishRainy Day CanapéTragic TableVerbXmasEmmaRevelation or the End of the MonthHôtel du Pavot Room 202.

Come Hell or High Water

This post is about tenacity and the mindset behind achieving your dreams and goals.
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I’ll Try vs I Will
We often say, “I’ll try,” because “try” gives us an out. Our ego isn’t on the line. Our identity isn’t on the line. After all, if we fail, at least we tried.
Once you say, “I will,” your perspective changes. What previously seemed insurmountable is no longer a matter of luck or chance but of time and effort and persistence.
When what you want to do really matters, don’t say “I’ll try.” Say “I will,” and then keep that promise to yourself.
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Trying is a Procrastination Tool
Trying is built in failure, a procrastination tool, it buys some time, keeps you comfortable, gives you permission to stay non-committed. It gets you off the hook.
You can’t improve until you finally go from try to will. Dreamers have a problem with this kind of stuff.
Read more “9 Difficult Decisions the Happiest People Always Get Right” here
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Stop disappointing yourself.
Trying is okay when you are exposing yourself to new people, places or opportunities, it’s not okay when you are determined to meet your goals.
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Max Ernst was a German painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and poet. A prolific artist, Ernst was a primary pioneer of the Dada movement and Surrealism.

Overcoming The Fear of Not Being Good Enough

It usually happens when I declare I am going to learn something new.  Like right now, I am learning how to film
and edit with Adobe Premiere Pro. Hours can go by and I don’t even know what happened. I am so involved in the process. Struggling through learning something new on After Effects, I look up and it’s 11 pm. My Fitbit app telling me it’s time to get some rest.  I like this kind of work. The work I can get lost in.
I use to worry about whether something new that I am trying (like video)  is “good enough”?  I wondered if I seemed really amateur (of course I am, I just started).  I realize that while I may suck now I won’t always stay at this level. Especially if I commit myself to practicing every day.
Yesterday’s challenge was filming one of my favorite places at the very start of my favorite season, summer.
I came up with some strategies to get over my fear of not being good enough because. . .
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 I can’t think of anything more frightening than a boring life.
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Stop rushing. Give yourself more time. Lot’s of it. Getting good takes time. Be more thoughtful with everything. Take out a notebook or your phone notes and list everything you have to do in order to produce good work. What do you need to learn? practice? – including what you must read and watch before you can begin. Create a strategy to be good enough.
Never compare what you do, create, write, film, edit to ANYONE ELSE’S WORK
Good enough compared to what? Doesn’t matter. You are just starting out. If you are going to compare your work, compare it to the newcomers, the just starting, the first timers.
Get inspired by learning from the BEST work. Watch the greats, read the bestsellers, listen to award-winning talks. Ignite your enthusiasm and raise your standards by looking for great mentors and creators. Don’t compare, but learn. Decipher their best techniques and use them in your work.
Start. Do a very little thing. Pick up the camera, dust off the sewing machine, buy a good pen and notebook and just do one small project, something you can do.
The grass is greener where it’s watered. Nurture your work. Train and practice something daily. Learn something daily. Don’t know what to learn? Don’t know what you need? Ask a question and Google it. Read more than one answer. Watch more than one tutorial.
Look at children’s artwork. Remember that we all start out sucky. Cute but really sucky. Be prepared to suck at first. That’s okay.
Only show people your work when you are absolutely ready. Don’t show off your first draft or your second. Go back and revise it until you are super confident that that is your best version so far.
Don’t try to do the hard stuff first. Do the easy stuff first. Make it easy to start. Don’t climb the mountain, take a short hike. Do it every day. Write one paragraph, paint one stroke, sketch one prototype.
Review your past accomplishments, some things you are really proud of because that work will remind you of what you can do when you put your mind to it.  What was your process there? Did you put in a lot of time? effort? energy?
Remove all negative energy – including people from your life. The cranky, the crazy, the ignorant, the complainers, the whiners and the naysayers. Drop em like their hot. Don’t let them violate your psychic space.
Do not seek approval, even your own. Just do the work. Struggle through it. Get a headache, drink more coffee, open up ten tabs, watch the video tutorial again. Save the link. It’s okay. Then take a break.
When you start procrastinating, call yourself out. Don’t let the laundry, your kids, the beautiful sunshiney day outside tempt you to stop. You are in training. Stay focused and disciplined. That’s how your work gets better. A little bit every day.
Don’t forget feedback. Especially good feedback, from the pros and those also giving it their all. Feedback will have you feeling like your actually working on your new project. You are all in.
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I am curious, what are you working on? How have you dealt with the “Am I good enough?” concern.  Comment below.

Your Smile is Your Super Power

This morning I imagined what the 80 year old version of myself would tell me, if I asked her, “What do I do now?” “What should I focus on?

What wisdom would she have, nearing the end of her life? What would she have focused on today?

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She’d tell me to bike more, write more, film everything. Tell everyone I love how much I love them. Hug more, kiss more. Squeeze them tight. Use my creativity to connect with those I love and those I will love in the future. Arms and heart wide open, she would tell me to vulnerably step into the world and be me.

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She’d tell me to fuck fear. Let go of the negative thoughts. Skin the skeptic.  Look for the beauty in all. There are so many good people to love, sweet creatures to care for and wonderous places to inspire. Find them. Get out today and connect on purpose. Smile, it’s a great heart opener. It’s your super power.  Laugh. Enjoy life to the fullest each moment. Find your tribe. Seek out those who inspire you and meet them with open arms. Exercise. Move your body. Play outdoors.

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Seek what you want to find. Chase what makes your heart beat. What makes your heart pound out loud. Friends, food, books, music, work.  Go out there and get it all.

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Be thoughtful and intentional about everything you do. Your writing, your film, your drawing. Do it on purpose and with a purpose. 

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Think first, but don’t regret anything. Try not to hurt anyone, including yourself. No time for that. Problems will come and go. It always works out in the end. Stop getting so angry and frustrated. Sail through the storms. There is no time to waste.

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Life is a banquet. There is so much to choose from. Taste it all.

Visit friends, follow the inspiring, touch and taste everything that draws you in – that pulls you closer. Feed your curiosity.

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Let go of control. Just love.

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Crucifying Ourselves & Rising From The Dread

Four weeks into The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity and I am drowning deep in dark emotional pain. Ugggghhhhh, I have protected myself from this real work for way too long. I knew it would be hard, I have avoided facing the truth about what I really fear for a very long time. Looking for short cuts, life hacks. . .rushing through self-repair is never really possible. And damn it, I knew that.

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I raise my face to the sky, my mouth wide open, gasping for air. It feels like I am flailing about in the dark, deep cold water, like a helpless, frightened child that has yet learned how to swim confidently through life, exposed to the unwelcome and unknown that I have hidden from myself and the world around me. I do all I can do to avoid facing what is real,  my own dark unknown vulnerable mind.

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I don’t want to to do this real work. I don’t want to know that I am broken. I don’t care to admit that I am confused, anxious, uncertain, vulnerable, frightened and angry. That’s not who I want to represent me. I want to skip past these ugly emotions. Run from them, crucify them. So what do I do?  I strive too hard to heal. I don’t want to do the real digging, fear-facing work. I don’t want dig too deep into my truth to find a fearful young child who must let got and feel all of these unwanted emotions.

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Who the hell wants to do that? Yet, I am inspired by the possibilities, by the words of Albert Camus

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger — something better, pushing right back.”

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It’s not easy being real with myself. It doesn’t feel good to actually observe the thoughts that ruin my plans each day. To actually accept how much pain I feel and inflict on myself each morning, as I awake with feelings of lack, insecurity and an incredibly raw feeling of being very, very lost and uncertain about where my life is going. It hurts me and in turn, it hurts others. Some how, some way, I must bring these feelings along for the ride, learning to befriend the parts of me that I find undesirable.

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The key to reaching our potential while feeling less shut off and shut down is linked to the ability to be able to see clearly who we are and what we’re doing. Going even beyond that, to the why we do what we do. What triggers our emotions and actions. What pain is behind the purpose.

It could possibly begin with opening up to the Five hard truths you need to accept about yourself.

Our inner critics negatively control the outcomes of our decisions. Our critical and suspicious thoughts place a black cloud and huge road blocks before our well-intentioned plans. We ruin the day before it begins when we don’t become honest with how we really feel and who we really think we are.

Underwater photography by Harry Fayt.

Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast

Repeating this mantra softly to myself has helped me sail through the hours of overwhelming tasks in a day. It has stopped me from rushing and I hate rushing. Rushing just sucks. It makes life feel hasty.  I want to savor life. Even the boring parts.

This idiom also applies to anything you do. It has helped me improve my days.

When properly learning something new

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Performing any action too fast will have you sacrificing technique which will in turn slow your development. It will also limit the greatness you could have achieved.

 

What Moves You Forward?

I wonder why you do what you do. What drives you through your day?

Why I do what I do.

Why do I desire deeper connections with people I love and admire? Because life would seem vacuous with anything less.

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It is important for me to feel connected, relevant, needed and valuable.

Why am I  driven to understand where the world is headed? Because standing in the dark seems like such a frightening place to hide.

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It seems to me that learning, knowing and growing gives me a feeling  of security. It frees up my time to focus on my why(s).

Why do I attempt to live a life of daily adventure, filled with no regrets? Because it feels like something that would be great to bring to the grave. I don’t want to waste this precious gift.

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Knowing the truth about everything around me brings clarity and an easier way to navigate through the twisted turns.

Focusing on what is most important and essential to being human feels like a good way to grow. It’s enlightening.

Living to my full potential and co-creating with the universe and God together as one, seems like a way to live a life filled with higher purpose.

 

 

132 (Random) Life Lessons Learned

 

life lessonsContinuously watch your state of mind for the quality of your thoughts are everything.

  1. It doesn’t get any easier, you just get better.
  2. You can’t just change your attitude, you need to also change your behavior.
  3. “Inconsistency of the mind does not suit a wise being.” – Seneca
  4.  Hurt people hurt. More often than not, it’s not about you at all.
  5. Youth is not an age, Youth = Freedom. It is emancipation from boredom and prescription.
  6. Clarity is key. Clearly define what you want and need. Clarity comes from mindfulness.
  7. Practice makes permanent. If you want to improve, you must commit to full-on daily and deliberate practice.
  8. Strive to become the best and most useful version of  you that you can possibly be.
  9. Lighten up, spark joy and create love. Repeat.
  10. Continue to weed the garden of your mind of negative thoughts.
  11. Reframe your problems. Ask better questions.
  12. Both poverty and wealth are the offspring of thought.
  13. We grow because of disruption.
  14. We are in conflict when we are not living out our values.
  15. Life is an immense privilege and never to be taken for granted.
  16. Practice compassionate, loving kindness with all.
  17. Suffering shakes us out of complacency and motivates us to look for a happiness not dependent on circumstances.
  18. Be on the lookout for quick flashes of inspiration.
  19. Remain humble but have enormous faith in yourself.
  20. Be deeply grateful for everything you have.
  21. Succeeding is a byproduct of full on effort.
  22. See the problem for what it is, not bigger than it is.
  23. Remember that what you do speaks so loudly that people cannot hear what you say. -Emerson
  24. You are not in this alone, you are co-creating everything with the universe.
  25. A good plan will give concrete form to your desire.
  26. Follow the leaders you love. Learn by copying those you admire.
  27. Move from careless to thoughtful; from inattentive to pondered; from unintentional to purposeful.
  28. Still, deep breaths clear and calm the mind.
  29. Stop the automated negative thoughts.
  30. Quit talking about your problems and start thinking about your solutions.
  31. Commit to give the best quantity and quality of service that you can possibly give.
  32. Nourish yourself daily. Nourish and feed yourself with the proper rest, food, people and thoughts.
  33. Be relentless, persistent and positive. Always.
  34. Beware of your emotional guidance system. What emotions are driving you? Fear? Joy? Rage? Love?
  35. Be truthful with yourself. Do not be self-deceptive.
  36. Be real about your weaknesses. Consider how you may improve your personality.
  37. Fear of poverty, criticism, ill-health, loss of someone or something, old age and death are at the bottom of most worries.
  38. Watch what you tolerate.
  39. Stop spending without thinking.
  40. The worst parts of us are the doorways to our most authentic selves.
  41. Begin with a beginner’s mind, know what you want and shake the earth to get it.
  42. Something good is going to happen today.
  43. You are responsible for your life. No one else is in charge, but you.
  44. “For the love of bustle is not industry, it is only the restlessness of a hunted mind.” – Seneca
  45. Scratch your own itch. Design and build things that you want and need.
  46. Shield yourself from the negativity of others.
  47. Raise your own standards of who you should be. Rise to the occasion.
  48. There is no need to hold on to old beliefs. Re-examine your life, your values and your goals.
  49. Consider the every day heroes in your life.
  50. Do not let your thoughts make you weak and worried. Develop strong and healthy thoughts.
  51. Practice radical acceptance of the world and strive for gradual improvement daily.
  52. Do not underestimate the power of the pause. Practice silent meditation for ten minutes a day.
  53. Better to respond than to react. Always chose the most empowering response.
  54. Unprocessed pain is a dangerous condition.
  55. Let go of ideas that don’t resonate with you and your limiting beliefs about yourself.
  56. Regardless of how modern we seem, we still remain ancient.
  57. There is nothing good except that which is honorable.Seneca
  58. Don’t marinate in the culture of speed. Skip the fast life, savor the good life.
  59. Hope is not a strategy, fear is not an option, luck is not a factor.
  60. Let go of your judgement and open your heart.
  61. It’s not failure. It’s a key moment in your development.
  62. Practice pattern interrupts. Beware of running but never arriving; ruminating but never thinking; hearing but never listening; striving but never reaching.
  63. If you knock on the door of opportunity, you will find it is work who answers.
  64. Listen and consider, “What is really asking for your attention right now?”
  65. Get in the habit of asking “What is the best that can come from this situation?”
  66. Be motivated by kindness.
  67. When you are overwhelmed, remember to trust the process and do what is important right now.
  68. Each second of life is a miracle. Thich Nhat Hanh
  69. No longer lost in thought, you are no longer a creature of mindless habits.
  70. Develop a posture that is both alert and at ease.
  71. Nurture a mind that is without hostility or ill will.
  72. Say no with a smile.
  73. We have a choice, step forward into growth or back into safety.
  74. Try to handle the tough times with more grace.
  75. “The wise person does nothing reluctantly.” -Seneca
  76. Question – “Are you committed to making everything in your life hard?”
  77. Precrastination – doing things today that don’t need to get done.
  78. Desire is not the issue, attachment is.
  79. When you score a big hit, don’t wish it was a home run.
  80. Our bodies will tell us if we are truly happy. It’s when every part of your body feels like its smiling.
  81. Truly happy feels expansive, relaxed, calm, content, peaceful and open-hearted.
  82. Drugs, cigarettes, binge eating and alcohol are shortcuts to happiness.
  83. Resilience = bouncing back from a difficult time.
  84. Our hearts are meant to become an endless sea of compassion.
  85. Seek the valuable gifts hidden in your problems.
  86. Don’t let fear keep you inside your comfort zone.
  87. Nothing is ever as good as it seems or as bad as it seems.
  88. Mastery takes a minimum of 10,000 hours, 3,333 days or 9.13 years.  That’s four hours of dedicated practice a day.
  89. It is not the one that has too little but the one who craves more who is poor. Seneca
  90. We must control our perception. Consider what is happening and then how you perceive it. Is it bad? Is it an opportunity?
  91. Appropriate action takes place when you do what needs to get done when it needs to get done.
  92. Less show, more soul.
  93. Take your finger off the panic button.
  94. Consume less, create more.
  95. Almost everything is a blessing in disguise.
  96. Start small. Overwhelming yourself with huge goals only sets you up for failure.
  97. Replace your vision board with a calendar.
  98. Try shit. Be an experimenter in the lab of life.
  99. Don’t believe everything you think.
  100. Get so good they can’t ignore you. Cal Newport.
  101. Be worthy. Discover how you can you create extraordinary value and serve as profoundly as you can.
  102. Make self care your #1 habit. It is non-negotiable.
  103. Deal with your emotions. R.A.I.N  = Recognize, Accept and Allow, Investigate with Interest and Nurture yourself. Tara Brach
  104. Beware of group think and the delusion of the masses.
  105. Your ego is deceiving you.
  106. Past performance does not guarantee future results.
  107. Review and resolve your inner conflicts.
  108. Never underestimate the importance of abandoning crap you don’t need.
  109. Develop a life long commitment to learning.
  110. Always helpful, never harmful.
  111. Get the best tools.
  112. Stop spending time with the wrong people.
  113. Stop running from your problems.
  114. Stop lying to yourself.
  115. Stop trying to be someone you are not.
  116. Let go of the past.
  117. Worry will not strip tomorrow of it’s burdens, it will only strip today of it’s joy.
  118. Stop focusing on what you don’t want to happen.
  119. What do people thank you for? Do more of that.
  120. Vulnerability equals courage.
  121. Everything is impermanent.
  122. Give up some control. Don’t always fall prey to action bias. Let some things unfold.
  123. Practice some form of daily movement and meditation.
  124. If you don’t start, it doesn’t happen.
  125. The improved mind is at peace with itself.
  126. Be more selective. Deliberately say no.
  127. Don’t mistake absence of evidence for evidence of absence.*
  128. Almost everything is non-essential.
  129. Reflect on what is draining your time during the day.
  130. Expect the unexpected.
  131. Be aware of how you spend your time. Chronos, quality of time vs Kairos, quantity of time.

I am curious, what lessons have resonated with you? Anything to add to the list?

*Simply put, it means that if we don’t know that something exists, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t; it only means we don’t know one way or the other, we just haven’t been made aware of it yet so it’s not part of our knowledge.

Inspired by the following books –
The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Modern Library Classics)

Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!

Letters from a Stoic (Penguin Classics)

Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha

The Art of Thinking Clearly